OK, newb question: what's the difference between an "Olympic" bar and a "Regular" Bar

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  1. encore_ Banned Banned

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    Yes, I'm sure this is a stupid question but I'm serious....what's the bar you'll find in most gyms?
     
  2. finnegan Mountains and Fleas

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    An Oly bar is about 45 lbs. Look for the thicker collar (the thing that holds the weights w/ the larger holes in the center).
    A Standard bar is about 15 lbs and fits a 1 ans 1/4 inch plate, or the plates w/ the small holes.
    Most gyms have Oly plates and bars.
     
  3. hunto Brown Belt

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    the difference is a standard bar takes weights with a 1" hole, and olympic bars take weights with a 2" hole. Olympic bars spin on the ends, whereas standard ones don't. They spin to eliminate the torque that results from lifting large dia plates, like 45s and 100s.

    As to gyms, I have no clue.
     
  4. encore_ Banned Banned

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    Ah ok. I get it, thanks.

    Never used anything except an olympic bar. Easy enough.
     
  5. blakethemus Blake Belt

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    What about a 7" standard bar? Ooooooo
     
  6. Alon Purple Belt

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    A good oly bar will also be more rough for added grip.
     
  7. vince89 Banned Banned

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    Regular bars could be anything from those cheap plastic ones you buy in supermarkets to a smaller 15kg one. Oly bars I believe are 20kg or 45lbs in America.
     
  8. hollow 混蛋

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    Never push a midget in an Olympic Bar, because they could end up being a Russian Gymnast, and go perestroika on your ass.

    In a regular bar the midget is probably just lonely and looking for love. So pushing them is fine.
     
  9. JPC Purple Belt

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    To confuse you even more, there are different types of olympic bars, those for weighlifting, and those for powerlifting.
     
  10. Standard Too dumb to learn, too stubborn to quit

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    Really there would be 3, i would also inlcude POS gym bars as another as they are not good for olympic weightlifting or for powerlifting
     
  11. ChaseT. Banned Banned

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    Olympic barbell:
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    Standard barbell:
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    Almost all gyms will have olympic-style barbells. Standard barbells are really only suitable for light home use. You will find signficant variation among both types of barbells.
     
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    Aren'T the bars used for olylifting thick than the "olybars" in most gyms.
    I also have heard that the bars for women olylifting are thinner than those for men. Aren't the ones for women even lighter?
     
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    IPF Powerlifting Bar Regulations:
    IWF Weightlifting Bar Regulations:
    The bars you find in the gym will sometimes be larger in diameter than 28 or 29mm. It's more cost efficient to use weaker steel and use a larger diameter to compensate.
     
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